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good morning. it is tuesday, september 4th, 2012. welcome to the democratic convention site in charlotte. democrats insist americans are better off, while paul ryan says things were better off under president carter. >> we'll talk with the republican running mate about that and get the latest about that fast-moving wildfire burning near los angeles. prince harry speaks out after his las vegas adventure. plus, is organic food worth it? a new study says probably not. but we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> i believed in you, i bet on you, i'll make that bet any day of the week! >> democrats look for momentum
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as their convention kicks off in charlotte. >> first lady michelle obama will be the headliner on the first night of the convention. >> this whole idea of folks better off now than they were four years ago, that's the central question to the election. >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> you want to know whether we're better off? i've got a little bumper sticker for you -- osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! a massive wildfire raging right now in southern california. >> it's only 5% contained. >> the williams fire has burned 3,600 acres. >> i don't want this place to burn up. this is my home. it has been one week since isaac slammed into the gulf coast, and still, tens of thousands are in the dark. >> president obama visited a parish hit hard by hurricane isaac on monday. >> democrat or republican, we're all just americans looking out for one another. a close call for a meowner. a moose attacked him. >> scared the crap out of me. do not jump on my car, mr.
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moose! >> you add in a bulldozer in a very crowded parking lot, some angry bystanders, and here's what you get. all that -- >> he's in the bull pen! >> that's the catch of the year! >> some trickery! look at this. are you kidding me? >> oh, my goodness. >> at an outdoor festival for delegates. >> "star trek" or "star wars"? >> "star wars." and all that matters -- >> michael clarke duncan, the actor who won so many hearts in the film "the green mile," has died. >> on "cbs this morning." prince harry making his first public appearance since his racy vegas photo scandal. >> if i ever want to be shown coming forth, i'll give it a go. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "cbs this morning."
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democrats are gathering here in charlotte, north carolina, to tell america why they want president obama to be re-elected, but this morning, the president's campaign is still struggling with the traditional question, are you better off now than you were four years ago? >> and republicans are pushing the issue hard as the democratic national convention gets under way here. nancy cordes is at the white house. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah. well, democrats seemed to have figured out their answer to that question, and it is yes, though they add there is more work to do. that's been the president's message as he barn-storms in a host of battleground states looking to build momentum for this all-important convention. >> you want to know whether we're better off? i've got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! >> reporter: vice president joe biden led the cleanup effort after several obama campaign advisers and supporters fumbled the answer to a key question sunday. >> can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago? >> no, but that's not the question of this election.
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>> reporter: maryland's democratic governor, martin o'malley, quickly back-tracked via twitter and a round of tv appearances. >> what i should have said was, look, we're clearly better because we're now creating jobs as a country instead of losing jobs. >> reporter: by some measures, americans are better off. median home prices are up $17,000 from four years ago, and after a steep slide, there are now 300,000 more private-sector jobs than when the president took office. but the median household income has dropped by $4,000, and the unemployment rate has risen from 7.8% to 8.3%. governor mitt romney was taking a labor day break in new hampshire, but his campaign seized on the issue, with vice presidential nominee paul ryan leading the attack. >> every president since the great depression who asked americans to send them into a second term could say that you are better off today than you were four years ago, except for
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jimmy carter and for president barack obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: campaigning in ohio, the president stayed out of the larger battle but told autoworkers that they, at least, are better off, thanks to his bailout of the auto industry. >> i believed in you, i bet on you, i'll make that bet any day of the week! and because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america! >> reporter: the president will be stumping in virginia today and he will spend the night at the white house, so he will not be in charlotte for his wife's address at the convention, but aides say he will watch it on tv and then head to charlotte, your way, tomorrow. norah and charlie? >> nancy cordes, thanks. with us now, elizabeth warren, the democratic u.s. senate candidate in massachusetts. tomorrow night, she'll introduce bill clinton at the convention. good morning. >> good morning. >> so, the question has become over the weekend, are americans better off than they were four years ago? and do you believe they feel,
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feel they're better off? >> well, you know, we always have to remember what it was like, really, four years ago. the markets were crashing, the whole financial system was threatening to seize up. remember, that was the conversation? the auto industry was about to plunge over a cliff. a lot of economists were talking about whether or not we were headed for another great depression. you know -- >> do you think they feel they're better off? >> well, but we have to remember what the recklessness on wall street really cost us -- trillions of dollars in money out of pensions, trillions of dollars in lost value in homes, millions of jobs that were lost. in other words, it was a long fall. and that means it's a lot to try to get it back. there are a lot of people out there who are hurting. people are hurting to compete to get jobs, people are competing who work in part-time who want to work full-time.
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you need people. everybody is worried and stressed financially. >> but isn't that central to president obama's chances for re-election? if a majority of americans in the last poll say they don't feel that it's better, why should they put him back in office? >> well, i think the question is, what are the two visions for going forward? and they're pretty straight-forward. mitt romney -- >> we know what the visions are because -- >> oh, i think they have. mitt romney and the republicans have said we're going to cut taxes for the wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations, increase taxes on the middle class and stop making the investments, or sharply reduce the investments in education, roads and bridges, the sorts of things it takes to build a future. president obama says, no, that's not the right approach. even the richest should pay a fair share. we should not increase taxes on the middle class, and we've got to make those investments in our future, in education, in building infrastructure. so, you've got these very different, competing visions, and the real question is, what's
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going to make you better off in four years from now? >> yeah, but the president has been trying to do those things for the past couple of years and he's not been able to work with republicans in congress. so, again, that question, what's going to be different in the next four years, if he can't get his agenda through congress? >> well, you know, i think that's a real question about congress. i'm glad you raised this point. last fall there were three jobs bills in a row that came up, right? jobs bills that would have supported work all across this country, would have prevented the layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers, jobs that would have been in construction, rebuilding roads and bridges, and what did the republicans say? they said no, they said no and they said no. their principal objective has been to make him a failed president. >> the presidency's about leadership, as you well know, and we had debt ceiling talks that went to the very end, and people are looking at a fiscal cliff now, and they wonder, will the president be able to do any better or would a new president
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be able to deal with the congress better than this president? that's their question coming up for january 2013. >> yeah, i'm a little surprised you frame it that way, because that sense, in effect, that the republicans can dig their heels in and simply declare that a democratic president is going to be a failure, and so long as they're obstructionists, as long as they will vote against every jobs bill, as long as they will say no grand bargains, no negotiations here, then they get to decide that that president is the one who will not lead the country. >> can i ask you a question about leadership? i was looking back at president obama's remarks four years ago, and he said,f you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. you make a big election about small things." has president obama become the very person that he derided four years ago after promising change? >> he is the guy who got health
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care through, even though it was a tough political fight. he is the person who got through the financial reforms that, against ferocious opposition from wall street, that he managed to get some reforms in place. and i'll throw in my own personal favorite -- he's the one that got that old consumer financial protection bureau through so people don't get cheated on mortgages, tricked on credit cards or trapped on student loans. he's got some highly impressive things to run on. but i don't kid myself, it's tough out there. it's tough because it was a long fall, and the republicans are not helping us get back. >> thank you for coming. it's good to see you. >> thank you for having me. good to be here. >> elizabeth warren, thank you very much. >> on monday, first lady michelle obama got her first look at the convention hall. she will be the final speaker tonight after the democrats hear the keynote speech from san antonio mayor julian castro. >> let's bring in chief
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washington correspondent and host of "face the nation," bob schieffer. welcome. >> thank you, sir. >> so, on sunday, you raised the big question everyone's talking about, are we better off four years ago, in talking to martin o'malley, the governor of maryland. it's a question that was framed by president reagan. are both parties prepared to have that the central debate of this campaign, both of them? >> well, i think the republicans are. i mean, before they got off on medicare and paul ryan's budget, that's what they wanted this to be. they wanted this to be a referendum on barack obama, and is the economy, are you better off than you were? >> but you heard joe biden saying yes, and the answer is, you know, general motors is alive and osama bin laden is dead. that's four years. >> and that's a pretty good slogan, as joe biden said yesterday, that's a very nice bumper sticker, but i think all things being equal, the democrats would just as soon talk about other things than, you know, the unemployment numbers right now. >> not make a referendum on the president. >> in economies, most countries
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do things that's headed in the wrong direction. it's a complicated thing to explain and that's what barack obama has to do here. why you should stick with his plan because eventually, he'll get things better, and if you go back to the romney plan, it will just make things worse. >> north carolina is perhaps the only battleground state where mitt romney may be just ahead. of course, that's why the democrats chose this place for the convention. of course, the front page of the paper, michelle obama's big night tonight. and then, bill clinton on wednesday night. there's a lot of buzz around here that nobody's seen bill clinton's speech. should they be worried? >> i don't think so. i mean, but in the first place, you're probably not ever going to see bill clinton's speech. remember when he was president and he was so late writing those state of the union addresses? one time, george stephanopoulos, his press aide, got it into the teleprompter backwards because they waited until the very last minute. >> nobody views. >> if you're waiting to see bill clinton's speech, you'd better wait until 4:00 the morning of. >> what do democrats have to
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accomplish in this convention to make it successful and give them the kind of lift-off they want in this campaign? >> well, i think one thing they've got to do is just figure out a way to say that, you know, things are not as good as we want them to be, but you've got to stick with our plan, because if you go to these other guys, you know, they're stuck in the past. i mean, i was thinking about, you know, when bob dole got the republican nomination and he talked about he was a world war ii hero, he talked about, you know, being a bridge back to the greatest generation, the people whose values made this country what it is. oh bill clinton came along and said, no, no, that's all nice, but you know, what we need to do is i want to be a bridge to the future. >> yeah. >> they have got to make this about the future and how they can make the future better. >> all right. >> that's what we'd expect from both campaigns, actually. give us a vision of where they want to go, perhaps the american people can make a choice. >> bob schieffer, thank you. we appreciate it. cbs news will have live coverage
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of the democratic national convention tonight, so it will be more bob here at 10:00 eastern/7:00 pacific. >> president obama shortened monday's campaign trip so he could visit storm-damaged louisiana. tens of thousands of homes and businesses still have no electricity after hurricane isaac. manuel bojorquez is in laplace, louisiana, west of new orleans. manuel, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. early damage estimates here top $1 billion. that figure is expected to rise, and it's easy to see why when you take, for example, a one-story house like this one. it took on ten feet of water. that ruined everything -- their dining room set, their living room furniture, their children's toys. president obama got a firsthand look at the damage in st. johns parish monday, nearly a week after hurricane isaac blew through louisiana. >> we're here to help. >> reporter: he tried to reassure local residents, offering federal aid and promising to get to the bottom
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of why the area, so rarely flooded, got hit hard this time. >> at the federal level, we are getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what exactly happened here, what can we do to make sure that it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: there has been some speculation that a new, $14 billion levee system, which helped keep new orleans mostly dry, sent more water gushing into outlying communities. the army corps of engineers says it will investigate the matter. in a statement, the agency said, "we expect the results to indicate that changes in surge elevation are minimal but will defer further comment until the science and engineering work is completed." >> it's a mess. it's all breaking. >> reporter: for 62-year-old carolyn sylve, a canoe is the only way she can even get close to her house in plaquemines parish now. >> this is our land, you know? you want to be home, but you can't.
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>> reporter: as of monday, nine parishes were deemed eligible for fema assistance, and 65,000 people had applied for help from the agency. officials are still trying to determine exactly how many homes were damaged or destroyed. we asked residents in laplace what they thought about the president's comments yesterday. the ones we spoke with say while they would love additional levee protection here, they fear it could make communities which are further away vulnerable. charlie and norah? >> manuel bojorquez, thank you. and you know, they could use some of that water out west this morning. hundreds of firefighters are trying to control a major wildfire just outside of los angeles. it couldn't have happened at a worse time for holiday campers. bill whitaker is at the fire command post in irwindale, california. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah. this fire that firefighters are calling the williams fire keeps
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burning deep into the national forest, fueled by tinder brush and fanned by steady winds. [ sirens ] for some 12,000 outdoor enthusiasts in southern california, labor day wasn't what they'd expected. instead of hiking, camping, a natural farewell to summer, they had to flee these mountains north of los angeles to escape a 3,600-acre wildfire. >> it's been hot for a while now. we know that everything is dry. we're fighting it real hard with aircraft and boots on the ground. >> reporter: the fire is burning deep in the mountains, about seven miles from the nearest community. currently, no homes are threatened. >> due to the steep terrain, the medium to heavy fuels and the moderate to high winds, we're starting to experience in the fire area, this firefight is limited primarily to an aerial attack. >> reporter: the fire started sunday near a wilderness camp and quickly grew to almost six square miles. >> we're planning to play and have fun up there with our family and our dogs and eat and
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be safe, but now, i'm not sure where to go. >> reporter: firefighters say they're not sure how this fire started. they hope to have it contained by next monday. now, even though this fire is burning away from residences, no pone here is resting easy becaue everyone here remembers the station fire just three years ago in this very same forest. that fire burned 250 square miles and destroyed 89 homes. norah, charlie? >> bill whitaker, thanks. time now to show you some of this morning's headlines. the "wall street journal" reports the u.s. is close to agreeing on a $1 billion bailout for egypt. the aid package is meant to shore up egypt's economy and keep the newest government from drifting too far from american politics. "usa today" says voice mail is declining with texting. jooj, internet phone company, says the number of voicemails left on user accounts fell 8% in july compared to a year ago.
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the number of calls to check voice mail fell 14%. the "boston globe" says tiger woods hit another milestone monday. his third-place finish at the deutsche bank championship makes woods the first man to earn $100 million on the pga tour. over 16 years, he's won an average of $362,000 a tournament. and the gentle giant who starred with tom hanks in "the green mile" has died. the "los angeles times" says michael clarke duncan, a former ditch-digger in chicago, followed his dream to hollywood, and we're going to have more on duncan's death, including reaction from hanks in our next hour. it is
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♪ welcome back to "cbs this morning." one of the jobs of a vice presidential nominee is to launch some of the toughest attacks on the other side, and governor mitt romney's running mate, paul ryan, did just that on monday night right here in north carolina. >> when you take a look at what we're going to hear in charlotte today, the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. simply put, the jimmy carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now. >> wisconsin congressman paul ryan is with us for the first time since joining the republican ticket. good morning.
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>> good morning, charlie. good morning, norah. >> as you know, the battle has been joined. the question was raised about comparing how people feel today versus four years ago, and vice president biden has come back and said, as you know, general motors is alive and osama bin laden is dead. >> well, general motors isn't alive where i come from in janesville. and the point i was making about gm is that the president said that he'd lead an effort to retool the gm plant, get people back to work. that didn't happen. so, the president made lots of different promises in lots of different communities when he ran for president in 2008. those promises haven't materiali materialized. i would ask the 33 million people today in america who are struggling to find work if they're better off. >> congressman ryan, you supported the bailout, even though governor romney did not. if you had that vote again, would you not support the bailout? >> no, i supported the bailout
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that was in the house as a means to preventing t.a.r.p. from being used for the bailout. i did not think we should open up t.a.r.p. because we would have had unlimited exposure for taxpayer dollars. mitt romney's position was similar to mine, which is they should go through a bankruptcy, and then at the end of that, coming out of the bankruptcy, there should be support for gm and other car companies so they can get back on their feet. the real question is, what are we doing to make american manufacturing more competitive? and these big tax increases, this enormous amount of regulations and all the various policies that have been put in place by the obama administration, i believe make it much harder for our manufacturers to compete and survive in the global economy. we need to have a better policy to get people back to work and make manufacturing more competitive. >> all right, here is what the president said in asking the question about fixing the economy. he said what grade he would give himself. he said i would say an incomplete, but what i would say is that the steps we have taken to saving the auto industry and making sure that college is more affordable and invest in clean science and technology and research, those are all the
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things that we're going to need to grow over the long term. that's from the president. >> four years into a presidency and an incomplete? the president is asking people just to be patient with him. look, charlie, the kind of recession we had, we should be bouncing out of it creating jobs. we're not creating jobs at near the pace we could. that's why we're offering big solutions for the big problems we have today. and i would just say, if you take a look at the president's policies, he said he calls them investments. it's borrowing money and spending money through washington, picking winners and losers, spending money on favorites, you know, people like solyndra or fister, picking winners and losers in the economy through spending, through tax breaks, through regulations does not work. if that kind of economics worked, we would be entering a golden age along with greece. that doesn't work. so, i think the incomplete speaks for itself, and that is why i think we are going to win this and get this country on the right track because we're offering solutions.
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the romney plan for the middle class is a five-point plan that will get people back to work and we think it's going to work. >> congressman, let me turn to foreign policy. you both had big speeches at the republican national convention last week. why is it that neither you nor governor romney mentioned afghanistan in your speeches? >> well, if you look at the day before, mitt romney had an invitation which he accepted, unlike the president, to go speak to the american legion, and he spoke to the american legion about the sacrifice of our troops, including afghanistan. we've been talking about that issue quite a bit. and if you look at the entire convention, obviously, this issue was covered. i talked about our veterans and what they've done for our country. we're so thankful for what they've done, and we believe that if we have a strong national defense, peace through strength doctrine, that will help us tremendously. and we think the president's devastating defense cuts are going to compromise our national security and hurt our troops abroad and make it more likely that our foreign policy adversaries are going to be doing adventurism around the world. and so, we don't agree with the
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president's foreign policy. i think mitt romney made that clear. >> congressman, i think as you know, this is an area where our military has suffered greatly, and their spouses and others in the family. you have more than 2,000 who were killed in afghanistan. >> right. >> we've spent more than around $500 billion in afghanistan, not to mention the more than 14,000 that were wounded in afghanistan. governor romney is running for kma commander in chief, shouldn't he have talked about afghanistan in his speech before the american people and said what his plan is? >> well, he's been talking about afghanistan repeatedly throughout the entire campaign -- >> all right, what is the romney/ryan plan? would you get all troops out by 2014? >> yes, so, yes, we would. we do agree with the timeline. where we have some differences of opinions are political timetables for troop size. we feel that our commanders in the theater ought to have the resources they need, especially throughout the fighting season, to make sure that the counterinsurgency of operations are done with the amount of troops that are needed to see
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the job through as safely as possible. but we do agree with the 2014 timeline. >> so, there would be no troops at all, no presence, american presence after 2014, if president romney is in office? >> no, that's not what it is. neither the obama or the romney position says zero after 2014. >> but i was asking about the romney position because of what you just said. >> oh, no, no. i'm saying we agree with the 2014 timeline that the president has established, that we already have an agreement with the afghanis to transfer power over. we will have to do an assessment of afghanistan immediately upon taking office to see what the post-2014 posture looks like. >> all right. congressman ryan, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. tomorrow, chicago mayor rahm emanuel will be here. we'll ask the former white house chief of staff what president obama has to do to win a second term. and in london this morning, prince harry is back on his best behavior after his las vegas trip made international headlines. we'll get the story from
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charity. >> it's difficult to imagine a finer, more inspirational group of people than is gathered here tonight. >> reporter: this is the sort of thing princes are supposed to do, make nice to do-gooder organizations, but harry came here with baggage. his picture taken in las vegas had gone viral and was seen around the world. apparently, he's not a very good pool player. so, the prince or the prince's speech writers thought the best way to deal with the beast was to confront it. everybody knew what harry meant when he said -- >> if once shown going forward, i'll give it a go. >> reporter: should they laugh? here's the royal cue. [ laughter ] and that was that. except for the kids. 6-year-old alex logan told a british tv show he had planned a special greeting for the prince. >> what might you say? >> don't take off your clothes now, prince harry.
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>> reporter: forewarned, a royal finger-wag silenced cheeky alex, episode over. >> the royal family this morning are going to be so pleased with harry's appearance last night at the world child awards. it couldn't have gone over better. it was pr gold! harry was there cuddling the children, smiling with the children, being full of fun, being full of excitement and absolutely, a party prince, but in the right way. >> reporter: of course, there's a long history and a noble history of royal misbehavior amongst princes and heirs to the throne. the difference now, of course, is that it goes viral in a minute. there are those who say that now at 27, harry should start behaving himself, which would make him, of course, more responsible and a lot less fun. >> the best thing about that piece was mark phillips screaming. >> absolutely, mark. you should have seen charlie chuckle when you said apparently he's not a very good pool player. beautifully written. >> reporter: true.
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>> reporter: as far as why he retired, you know, andy roddick has been the flag-bearer, you know, carrying the torch for american tennis for years, he's a career top ten player and he's been used to competing and winning. in 2003, grand slam titles. and i feel like over the course of the years, that's kind of been taken away, especially these last two years. he's not really competing anymore. he's in that second level of players, and he's not used to that. so, i would say the biggest reason is, is he's tried to make a big push to get back up there, to be competing with federer, nadal, djokovic and murray and simply just hasn't been able to get over the hurdle a little bit, and that can be frustrating. that can be demoralizing. >> so, has all of the financement and the crowd reaction done what to andy roddick's game? >> reporter: to his game? well, he looks a lot more aggressive out there. he's coming to the net more than we've ever seen in the past, and
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it's just, he's looser. he looks like he's having a much happier time on the tennis court, and maybe that's what he needs. i know one thing for sure, the crowd is loving it out here. you know, andy's all smiles, he's still, you know, leaving his heart on the court, which is what we know and expect from him. so, it should be a great match if we get to play some tennis tonight. >> and who would be the favorite in the match between roddick and juan martin del potro? >> reporter: well, that's it, isn't it? this is why andy roddick's retiring. i'd have to favor del potro on the heavy side. >> yeah. but at the same time, if he plays like he played at wimbledon, he could win everything. >> reporter: absolutely. [ everyone talking at once ] one of the greater weapons in tennis. >> exactly. >> reporter: right, exactly. roddick does have one of the biggest weapons in tennis with that first serve. and if he's hitting a lot of aces tonight, anything could happen. with that serve, he shortens the match and takes it out of his opponent's hands. >> the other story is roger
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federer, because he's having such success and people are beginning to think that novak djokovic was going to be the new, emerging superstar. roger comes roaring back. assess how roger's playing so far. >> reporter: he's playing -- him and djokovic are a level above the rest of the field, in my opinion. they are sharp every single match. obviously, federer didn't have to go up against fish, which would have been a very tough task, challenge for him, but he looks very sharp out there. serve is working, he's moving very well around the court, forehand is always deadly. before the tournament started, i'd say djokovic was my slight edge over federer, but watching them play, i think it's a coin flip who's going to win the title. >> we'll all be watching, see what happens to andrew roddick. taylor dent, thank you. cbs sports coverage of the u.s. open continues this weekend. you can watch tennis final action starting on friday right here on cbs. michelle obama takes the spotlight tonight in charlotte.
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live outside the cbs broadcast center, it's 8:00. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king. there is surprising news this morning about organic food. a new study shows it has almost no nutritional advantage. this morning, we'll show you where organic does make a difference and help you decide if it's worth it. but first, let's go back to charlie rose and norah o'donnell at the democratic national convention in charlotte. that would be in north carolina. i'm thinking you look happier this morning, charlie in your home state. >> this is home state to me. >> i know, it is. norah, do you sense a happiness in mr. rose this morning? >> i do. he's in his real home here in north carolina. >> i feel it. >> exactly.
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good morning, gayle, excited to see you. >> nice to see you. >> this will be a busy day for the delegates in charlotte. they will approve the party platform and hear dozens of speeches, finished off by the first lady. bill plante is here with a preview, or at least an insight into her speech. >> charlie, good morning. this is michelle obama's night to tell the convention and the country why her husband should be re-elected. a campaign official says the first lady will be a character witness for her husband. four years ago, she helped introduce barack obama to the nation, but this time, she may have to do a bit more. the first got her first look at the convention arena in a walk-through monday. four years ago, michelle obama's task was to paint a personal picture of the man she knew, but who was still a mystery to most of the country. >> what struck me when i first met barack was that even though he had this funny name and even though he had grown up all the way across the continent in hawaii, his family was so much
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like mine. >> reporter: as she speaks tonight, the nation has known her husband now for four years, and the question is, do voters want to give him four more? >> she is the witness to the presidency. she has seen it all. >> reporter: jodi kantor is the author of "the obamas." she says the first lady's task is a delicate one. >> she can have the greatest political facts when she seems like she's actually above it all. so, in private, does the first lady have a critique of republicans and how they've treated her husband? of course. will she say any of that tonight? absolutely not. >> reporter: with an approval rating of 66% in the latest gallup poll, the first lady is far more popular than the president, something the campaign has been using to its advantage, scheduling her to appear in key states for her husband. >> are you in? are you ready to roll up your sleeves? >> reporter: and sending her on a media spree to talk about life in the white house and her signature healthy eating initiative. in fact, it's not uncommon to see her pop up during daytime
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and late-night talk shows. last week, david letterman even asked her how she was preparing for tonight's speech. >> do you open with a joke? do you try to do that? >> you know, the convention is one of those things, you know -- >> i understand. because if you decide on a joke, i'd be happy to e-mail you some -- >> all right, okay. >> well, maybe a joke wouldn't hurt, but all kidding aside, the first lady is seen by the campaign as its most important surrogate. but do not expect her to go on the political attack. her message, they hope, will particularly resonate with and energize women voters, and it's all about trying to recapture some of that enthusiasm of four years ago by getting people to actually come out and vote. >> what is it that made her become the force that she is over the last four years so that her popularity's bigger than his? >> the fact that she has adopted causes which resonate with everybody. she's not trying to be political. >> john dickerson is here.
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as you know, he is cbs news' political director. welcome. >> good morning, charlie. >> first, paul ryan. let's talk a bit about what he said in the back-and-forth about looking back over the four years and are you better off. >> well, you know, their best argument is you aren't better off, and they just need to keep hammering that home, because the problem for the obama administration is people are better off if you look at the numbers -- 800,000 jobs lost a month when he came in, negative growth in the economy. so, but people don't feel that way. they not only don't feel like they are better off, but they feel like the obama policies haven't helped them. so, ryan h people where their feelings are and obama has to make a long, factual case about how things are better. when you're making factual case into the details, you're losing people, and so that's the tension. that's why ryan can keep talking about it. >> it's interesting because it seems like there wasn't a coherent message last week during the republican convention, whereas with the are you better off, they've gotten traction in the last couple days, but in part because the democrats muddled their message. >> well, that question has
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always been at the center of the romney campaign. when we say this is about the economy, that is the question, and that's the thing -- but you're right. to the extent that the romney campaign was kind of taking a switchback route to getting to that central question, now they've kind of fallen into it by luck. >> ronald reagan used it very effectively, didn't he? >> absolutely. you know, it was ronald reagan over jimmy carter and are you better off than you were four years ago? it really resonated at the time because there was double-digit inflation, among other things. that's the difference. >> also on paul ryan, my question to him about afghanistan, and charlie and i were trying to get some clarity about what is the romney/ryan plan, do they support president obama in 2014? he said yes. >> yes, they do. this is the kind of confusion or -- we had bright lines, it used to be, between republicans and democrats on foreign policy, and we see here that, really, the romney position is not that different than the president's. they agree with the timeline, but they have quibbles as to the way he mentioned it. he hasn't talked about it in public with the scheduling, but
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these are small differences. the real key question on afghanistan is what to do about the taliban. romney says don't negotiate with them at all, but then what are you going to do, keep the fight going in afghanistan? if so, how do you agree with the timeline? so there is a muddle in the position. >> for both of you, democrats hope to come out of here with what message having been firmly established? >> message established is the president has made progress, let's not stop now, and particularly, let's not go in the wrong direction, which would be supporting -- >> let him finish the job is the message. >> okay. >> and we did learn this morning what paul ryan and his wife's secret service code names are from "gq," bow hunter, apparently, for paul ryan, and buttercup for jan ryan. >> sort of soft and violent mix there. >> everyone has these names. >> deadly. >> renegade i think is president obama's secret service code name. okay, great to see both of you, john dickerson
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♪ the organic food business is booming. the sales have jumped from $3.5 billion in 1997 to more than $31 billion last year. this morning, though, a new study says that organic food is not necessarily better for you. samantha heller, a registered dietician and author, is with us now. hello, samantha heller. >> hello. >> i heard that and i'm wondering about all the parents who have beat themselves up because they did not provide organic foods for their kids. should they feel a little less guilty this morning? >> i don't think they should feel guilty no matter what. >> but we do. >> to be honest. >> but we do.
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>> and i know we do. you know, organic is a whole approach to farming. it's not just about the nutritional value in a particular fruit or vegetable, and it's not surprising, because what puts the nutritional value in the fruit or vegetable is the soil in which it's grown. the vegetable or fruit puts its own vitamins in how it's managed post-harvest, so having a difference in terms of nutritional value isn't terribly surprising. >> so, if you had to break down the study, what would you say? it means what exactly? >> it means that, perhaps organic vegetables don't have more vitamin c, you know, than conventional, or less, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't be buying organic produce if you can afford it. >> but did it surprise you? because we've always heard organic is better for you nutritionally. >> well, we hear organic is better for you, the nutritional aspect -- you know, there have been other studies that have actual came to the same conclusion of this study, that organic strawberries may have a little bit more vitamin c, but
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what health impacts will that have on you and your life over time? and we don't have the data to show that now. we don't know that eating organic strawberries over 30 years will have a change in your health, in terms of vitamin c or other nutritional value. >> but the study clearly shows that in terms of pesticides, there is an advantage to buying organic. >> yes. >> because why? >> because they found that the organic produce had about 30% fewer pesticide residresidues, had less of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. so, there is certainly a lot of advantage as. we do want to review pesticides in our diet and our children's diet. as you and i were talking about before, the organic approach is about the environment, about the soil, about the water, about the animals, about animal welfare, and that impacts everybody. so, organic really is a good thing to support in your local farmers and generally. >> so, when you look at the bigger picture of all that it entails, you're saying it is worth the extra cost, because it is pricier. >> it is pricier. >> when you compare it dollar for dollar, it is pricier. >> it can be a lot pricier, and
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that's the other thing, is that if you can't afford organic, still buy your fruits and ven vegetables. they're all good for you. they have so many health benefits in our bodies all throughout our lives that we should definitely be eating them even if we can't afford the organic. >> so, the bottom line is it's worth the cost, but if you can't afford it, still figure out a way to get your fruits and your vegetables. >> absolutely! and you can go to the environmental working group, and it shows you which fruits and vegetables have more pesticides or less, and then you can budget. you can decide what to spend your money on. >> i'm thinking did we need a study, samantha? because i'm thinking that all sounds very common sense to me, does it not? >> i don't know that we needed the study, actually, but this is an issue to try to help education. >> no, i get it. thank you, samantha heller. thank you very much. >> my pleasure. this morning, "the price is right" turns 40, the big four-oh. we'll remember some of its most famous moments here on "cbs this morning." stay with us, please. ♪
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♪ do you know how to play this game? >> yeah, i know how to play this game. it's just, i don't need them. >> you don't need those things? you don't need those things? give me my -- give me my -- give me! give me my price tag! give me my -- patrick? patrick, come up here and tear these away from him, will you, please? >> i was just kidding. >> what? >> i was just kidding. >> well, you'd better be just kidding. ♪ >> you hear that music and you know bob barker, all you have to do is say "come on down," and everybody knows you're talking about "the price is right." 40 years ago today it made its daytime debut on cbs. on "cbs this morning," a special
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anniversary program will have memorable moments from the past. lee cowan looks back at tv's longest running game show. >> here's the first item up for bid on the new "the price is right." it's a fur coat! >> reporter: when "the price is right" first aired on cbs in 1972, i was 7. whenever i was home sick from school, that's when my mom let me watch. by the time i was in the sixth grade, i think i knew more about the price of an average household appliance than my parents did. >> a color tv! >> reporter: and the thing is, we all have those memories. we grew up with the notion of the surprise behind a curtain and an ever mysterious price tag. >> you look at our set and there's 1972. and that's when we started. and i think it's a security blanket for people to a certain extent. what did you say? >> i said i want to kiss you. >> my dear, that can be -- ooh, wow!
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all right! >> reporter: we watched as bob barker got more kisses than we'll ever know, all while his hair got a little more gray. >> he kissed me and he needs to shave, i've got to tell you. >> open it! >> drew carey! >> reporter: when comedian drew carey took over -- >> how are you doing, baby? >> reporter: -- the affection kept right on coming. >> there's so much love in this room. honestly, it's like a little bit of church, seriously. >> reporter: experience the spin of that wheel, that mountain-climbing yodeler who never seems to get tired, and the random bounce of plinko. they are as familiar as monopoly, but this is real money and a lot of it. >> now! >> reporter: in its 40 years on the air, "the price is right" has given out over 100,000 prizes. the biggest single winner took home almost $150,000 in cash and merchandise. one of them was pamela.
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you may not remember her. >> i'm back, baby! >> you were on in '76? and you won an airplane? >> an airplane, sweetheart. an airplane! we were looking for a car, we needed a car real bad, and a freaking airplane comes out, man! a freaking airplane! >> reporter: that was her and that was her prize. how could that get old? >> whether you blasted in in '78 or '88, i can tell you it's probably still the same show you remember. >> reporter: william keck should know. he was a page on "the price is right" back in the day. he's now a senior editor at "tv guide." >> it's colorful, it's joyful. whether people win or lose, you can tell they're having a great time. it's just a fun place to visit for an hour. >> come on down! >> reporter: it provides comfort food for your ears, whether you like game shows or not. and after 40 years of listening, chances are, you'll now be whistling that catchy theme song for the rest of the day.
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♪ our apologies. for "cbs this morning," i'm lee cowan in los angeles. >> he's right about the song. doesn't everybody want a freaking airplane? one thing the show has never had in 40 years, male models. however, that is going to change next month. you can see "the price is right's" 40th anniversary special at 11:00 eastern/10:00 pacific right here on cbs. "hello, i must be going" is a quirky love story that got lots of attention at the sundance film festival. blythe danner will be here to talk about the new movie and all the memorable moms she's played over the years. your local news is coming right up. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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hey, this is barack. listen, i need to know if you're on board. okay, good, because i'm counting on you. everybody is. we have to get this right. so, there's a lot at stake here. just remember that i'm trusting you on this and i'll see you there. >> who was that? that sounded intense. >> the president. >> sweet. [ laughter ] >> kal penn. [ laughter ] >> did you know kumar used to work at the obama white house?
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well, on thursday, actor kal penn is hosting the democrats' web screen coverage of the convention, so the president decided to send him a message in that white house video. welcome back, everybody, to "cbs this morning." >> when barack obama won north carolina in 2008, it was the first time in 32 years that voters here chose a democrat for president. the winning margin was just 14,000 votes. >> well, the latest polls in the state show this year's race is also close. republican pollster frank luntz met with a focus group of swing voters in north carolina, and here's what some of them had to say. >> how many of you voted for barack obama in 2008, raise your hand. a whole lot of people in this room. raise your hands, who had anxiety sleeping in the last year? what was it? >> am i going to be able to keep my job? i was laid off last year and didn't have a job for four months. >> were you afraid that the phone could ring or the boss could come down? >> yes. every day i live with that. >> who here has either yourself
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been unemployed or someone in your household has been unemployed at some point in the last four years, raise your hands. my god. how responsible is barack obama for conditions that you face today? >> i think most of this whole recession happened before he was ever elected. >> granted, he did inherit one hell of a mess. that's a given. in my opinion, there's been a lot of hard facts to hold him accountable for making the big changes that are necessary to get us back on the right track. >> how many of you are better off today than you were four years ago, raise your hands. one, two, three, four, five, six. how many of you are worse off today than you were four years ago? two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve. how many of you, by show of hands, believe that this election's more important than 2008? almost all of you. why is it so important? >> i can't handle another four
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years like we've done, because how am i going to feed my children at the end of the week? what am i going to do in two, three or four years if i can barely feed them now? that's why it's important to me. >> you think that romney could be taking this in a walk. is there a problem with mitt romney? >> the unemployment, unemployed people are because of the factories and jobs he sent overseas. >> frank luntz is with us now. welcome. >> thank you. >> so, what'd you learn from this focus group? >> people are really hurting, and it's not something that you can really measure in polls. the people are afraid, they're anxious, they think all politicians on all sides have failed them. they're afraid that the economy isn't going to get better for them and they can't even make it at the end of the week. there's so many millions of americans -- >> do they have an easy answer to the question are you worse off than four years ago? >> yes, and they, about half of them are worse off themselves, but when you ask of the country, is america worse off, the numbers are even greater. and by the way, how they frame
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that question determines how people react to it. are you worse off? half of america. is the country worse off? two-thirds of america. >> and do they blame the president? >> they blame everybody. by the warning, the president's lucky because he's only the second most unpopular person. congress is disliked even more than barack obama is. >> so interesting because you did that here in north carolina, where we are, an important swing state. some of these swing voters, what did they say about it? did they give obama credit for anything? >> they gave him credit for trying, and this is why those ads that come across, the slash-and-burn, negative ads don't work? they think he's really made an effort and they believe that congress stood in his way. that said, they're very hesitant about giving him four more years, because they don't see that they accomplished anything over the last four. >> so, do they think he's a nice guy but doesn't get the job done, doesn't do the job? is that the idea? >> they think he's a decent guy, a family man, and they respect him for the effort, but they're not convinced that the next four years will be any better than these four. and for them, they can't afford another four years like this.
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>> so, we were tucking earlier, they've got -- democrats have to convince people they have a plan to continue to do better and an explanation for why they haven't done better. >> if i were advising barack obama, i would tell him to admit that all hasn't gone as well as he would have wished. i would tell him to be candid, because americans love the comeback kid, but i don't think he will. >> well, the president did an interview where he said his grade is incomplete on the economy. >> exactly, graded himself incomplete. >> here's the problem with that. that's what a typical politician would say, well, the job's not done yet. >> okay, suppose you're advising the president, which is not happening. [ laughter ] >> not with the shirt that i was wearing in the former segment. >> what's up with that yellow shirt you were wearing? >> i was looking for a carolina panthers polo and i could not find one, so i had an indiana pacers shirt on instead. >> i'm sure that plays here in north carolina. >> okay. >> but nevertheless, tell me what -- picking up on the point you were saying -- what they
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want to hear. >> they want to hear someone who says, okay, we got it wrong, we did not solve it, but -- >> right. >> -- here are the three or four steps they're going to take immediately to change it, and i'm going to hold myself accountable. i'm going to acknowledge i got it wrong, hold myself accountable and move it forward. by the way, if you ask me today who wins the election, if you made me bet on it, i would bet on obama, still. >> because? >> because in the end, we will vote for someone who understands us over someone who can fix our problems. it's the way the electorate has changed. mitt romney made the case that he's a problem-solver, but he hasn't still made the case that he gets the problems that need to be solved. barack obama, these people said that he hasn't solved their problems, but they think that he understands them. >> understands them. >> frank luntz, thank you. always great to see you here. >> my pleasure. >> back to gayle in new york now. gayle? >> norah, i was wondering about the shirt, too. thank you for clearing that up. one of hollywood's recognizable figures died on monday. michael clarke duncan, "the green mile" actor with the shaved head and deep voice, was just 54 years old.
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as lee cowan reports, he suffered a heart attack in july and never recovered. >> reporter: he was known as big mike to those who knew him best, and big he was. at 6'5" and weighing over 300 pounds, he was an imposing figure, but as gentle as they come. >> yes, sir, boss, i can talk. >> reporter: his quiet performance as a death row inmate in "the green mile" earned him an oscar nomination. he was magic, tom hanks said in a statement last night. "he was a big love of a man and his passing leaves us stunned." >> um, bear would like to stay at the white horse. >> white house. white house. >> reporter: michael clarke duncan got his start in front of the camera in "armageddon," opposite bruce willis, but it was a long road to get there. he worked as a ditch digger for a utility in his hometown of chicago before moving to hollywood. and when he finally arrived, the only gig he could find was as a
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security guard. while his stature got him noticed, his voice made him memorable. a deep baritone that rivaled even the great james earl jones. >> double the guard? extra precautions? your prison may not be adequate? >> reporter: he did a lot of voice work and continued doing movies and tv. >> it's 5:00. >> thanks. i almost slept through happy hour. >> reporter: film critic roger ebert tweeted monday, calling duncan "a striking screen presence." it turned out it was a presence all too fleeting. for "cbs this morning," i'm lee cowan in hollywood. >> frank derabon, who directed "the green mile" called duncan the gentlest of souls. in a statement, he said "the sadness i feel is inexpressible." blythe dan ner, that's her name, blythe danner has been a star since the 1960s. she has an oscar-winning daughter. that would be gwyneth, and a
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rock star son-in-law, that would
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well, we're having a dinner for a possible client and his wife. >> okay. >> is staying here for the summer with their son, and i'm not saying you can't come. >> what are you not saying? >> well, i'm not not saying new england. i'm saying, of course, you can come. you're living here. >> i'm staying here. >> well, same point. i don't know what the difference is. >> blythe danner plays an uptight and overbearing mom in her new movie. she just said, another mean mom. "hello, i must be going" is the new movie. she's won two emmys in "huff" and played in "will and grace,"
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was robert de niro's wife in "meet the parents" and in real life is mother to gwyneth and jake paltrow. blythe danner, it's so good to see you! >> i'm delighted to be here because you and charlie have changed my morning habit of my watching. >> oh, that's so nice! >> you really have, it's true. >> thank you, thank you. we are thrilled to be here and norah's joining us, so really, the whole team's coming together. we're very excited. but let's talk about you, because you do acting very, very well, but you seem to have a lot when it comes to the mom role. >> yeah. >> you do. >> lately, right now, i'm doing a lot of grandmothers, which is fine. i just want to keep working. i have no worry or pride about the age thing, really. i even played a great grandmother in "the lucky one," whoa! >> i think when you look the way you do, blythe danner, you don't have to have any hang-up about about the age thing. how do you describe ruth, your latest mom? >> she's a complicated woman.
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i've played a lot of these women, but i love her particularly because she is so three-dimensional. >> yeah. >> she as not just a mean mom, she's a mother having to deal with her daughter coming back to live with them, going through a nasty divorce and she's just depleted, the daughter is in such a rough way, and i think kind of a panic sets in, you know? a sort of terror of not being able to control. that t happens to a lot of mothers who behave this way. the daughter has such affinity for the father, as he does for the daughter, and there's the great love, and the mom is sort of on the outside, and it's painful for her and she wants to be a good mom, but she just feels she's a bit -- in a bit of a terror and she can't -- we make the mistake sometimes of, you know, projecting, making our children extensions of ourselves? >> yes. >> i think moms tend to do that a little too much. >> guilty. i plead guilty! how would your own children -- because listen, gwyneth paltrow's very famous. your son is also very accomplished as an actor and a
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director. >> he's a director and a writer. >> director and a writer. >> yes. >> how would they describe you as a mom? >> oh, good lord. >> because they turned out so well, and i really think that is a testament and a credit to their parents. >> their dad had a lot to do with it, who we sadly lost five years ago. >> yeah, i remember. >> i want to quickly mention that gwyneth is co-producing the stand-up for cancer on september 11th. our darling bruce, who we miss so much, the bruce paltrow fund under the umbrella of the oral cancer foundation. and so, we hope people tune in. they've been so generous. the entertainment industry foundation to the oral cancer foundation. >> at the time when he died of oral cancer, we didn't know much about oral cancer. >> no. >> his voice was just a little hoarse, right? >> yeah, and it's really become an epidemic and i urge people to go on to learn about why so many young people are now -- >> yeah, there's this correlation between hpv virus and it's really, really terri
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terrifyi terrifying. >> when i think about you and bruce paltrow, because i interviewed him years ago, he was so lovely. i was just a local reporter. he was so, so kind to me. you all had one of the most enduring and solid marriages. do you find -- are you open -- is your heart open again to that kind of love, do you think? >> no, i don't think so. it would be nice to have somebody to have, to spend some time with, but when you've had the best, and i had once played mrs. lou gehrig in a television series. she said to me, when you've had the best, forget it, girl. that's it. >> and your favorite coldplay song? you must have one. >> well, you know, actually, he wrote one for gwyneth because bruce had just died. chris didn't get to meet bruce and tears are running down your face, you've lost something you can't replace, i will try to fix you. he wrote that for gwyneth, for bruce. >> oh, that's so nice. >> and i want to say thank you to charlie and norah and doing
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what they're doing. i've been so proud of this effort and the fact that, you know, obama has created 4 million jobs in 29 months, and our last administration didn't even get half of those in eight years. >> well, you know, the republicans are telling a very different story about that. >> well, we've got to get these real facts out there. >> well, people will all decide in november, but it's really, really great to see you. >> thank you. >> i'm delighted to have you here. >> i'm delighted to be here. >> blythe danner. her movie's called "hello, i must be going." i love that title. it opens in theaters this friday. tony siragusa has been a super bowl winner, a commentator and an actor, and now he's an author, too! we'll ask goose about his book. the new nfl season on "cbs this morning." we'll be right back.
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♪ tony siragusa says, great
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music! i can't get no satisfaction. he spent 12 years in the nfl. he won a super bowl with the baltimore ravens in 2000. these days, you can find him on the sidelines doing tv. the new jersey native is full of opinions about football and life. he put a couple of them in his new book. it's called "goose: the outrageous life and times of a football guy." tony siragusa, good morning. and jeff floor has joined us at the table, why? because he loves you! >> pitching the buffalo bills for a long time. just trying to find something. >> with cause this year, with cause. >> when i came in this morning, brendon, who is security, said oh, tony siragusa's coming, he's such an awesome dude. that's what everybody says about them. this is what i say about you, your book. it's dedicated to the people who you said told me i couldn't do it, and there's a couple of people along the way who said you're no good, you're not going to last that long, you didn't get drafted in the nfl. and to them, you say what today? >> thank you very, very much. >> thank you. >> i think everybody goes
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through a little bit of negative vibes as you go through life, and you've just got to go and beat them up and use them to prove people wrong and that's pretty much what i did. it's all in the book right there. >> i know, but tony, it's more than negative vibes. it's really more than that. you're saying it very simplistically, but really, it's so much more than that, happened to you. >> it is. i think when you're a little kid and people overlook you and you're the last guy picked, you know, when you're playing stick ball in the street and you know, you get into baseball, which is another story in my book. you know, i was in little league and a little kid and all of a sudden, i didn't get picked for the all-stars and i cried all the way home, walking back home. then all of a sudden, one of the kids got hurt and i had to jump in and bases were loaded and i smacked one out of the park and looked over as i was running around the bases like hi, coach, now who do you want on your team? >> said i'm going to do this. >> yeah. >> and here we are, the nfl starts tomorrow night. >> the nfl starting tomorrow with replacement refs.
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how does that go? >> this is very, a touchy subject, i think, for the nfl. i think there's a lot of pressure. i think when you talk about refs, they can really deck tate what happens. >> yeah. >> and mike pereira is with us as an official who came over to work with us over at fox, and you know, he goes and comments a lot on ball placement and the little things that you don't really realize that are going on in the game. and you know, it's clock management that there's been a lot of problems in the preseason. so, we're going to see how the regular season goes and kick off with the giants and dallas tomorrow. >> the last issue with the refs lasted for one week. are you predicting something similar this time? >> i don't know. it's up in the air and i just, you know, i sort of like the refs, you know, the real refs. >> the real refs. >> yeah, the real refs. i think that they put a lot of time in. i think they should be compensated. i think people don't know what they have to go through and the criticism that they get and how fast things happen.
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you know, we're so spoiled, i think, watching tv and watching super sleow-mo and did he have the ball and where's the ball? all of a sudden, you're in realtime and he has to make a decision like that and nine times out of ten, they're right, so i think they've done a good job. >> you and rex ryan go back. he describes you in the book as tough and loyal and now as we sit here with two quarterbacks, what do you think about that? >> i think it's great. i like competition. >> you do? >> i really do. i think mark sanchez -- >> tebow and sanchez okay by you? >> yeah, i like that. i think when sanchez came in, he really, he was the man and really didn't have any fire behind him. i mean, you know, when you get into the nfl in my position, there's four guys behind you that want your job, and you know, they're going to get equal time, especially when you come in as a free agent like i did, and you have to go and really produce, you know, when you get your opportunity. and i think, you know, when mark first came in, i liked mark in college, but i don't think he had anybody really pushing him and coming on and sneaking up, and i think tebow had his games last year a couple of times and he --
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>> we have to go, tony. i'm sorry. the name of the book is "goose," but tony also says he's read heavy load in america. but mitt romney plan, a middle class to $2,000 more a year in taxes. multi-millionaires like himself hits the middle class harder... bigger break. forward for america? this message.
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